Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting Preview
Posted by: Mike Davis
The 2018 NBA basketball betting continues this Wednesday night with a thrilling Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers matchup. The Lakers have hit a bit of a bump in their recent games and will be looking to build some momentum in the coming games. The Thunder on the other hand, have finally worked out some kinks and are starting to look like a contender in the West. So who has the edge in this Wednesday night matchup? Let’s check on the NBA sportsbook betting odds to find out.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers – Wednesday, Jan. 2nd
When: 8:15 pm ET
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Stream: Fox Sports Go, NFL Game Pass
NBA BettingL Odds:
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder storm into this Wednesday night contest sporting a 23-13 record that ranks them 2nd in the Northwest Division. But in the Western Conference, Oklahoma City currently ranks 3rd overall. And since they are but a game and a half away from the conference leading Denver Nuggets, it’s safe to say that the Thunder are a top dog in the West. Looking over both teams’ numbers, it’s clear that the Thunder get the statistical edge this evening. This is because they’re scoring 112.1, which is right on cue with the 113.4 that the Lakers deliver. However, seeing as how Oklahoma City only gives up 105.6 while LA allots 111.4, there’s not much mystery as to who has the better defense. Ultimately OKC will need that defense to come up big tonight if they’re to stand a chance of upsetting the Lakers in Los Angeles.
Players to Watch: Paul George (26.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 4.1 apg), Russell Westbrook (21.0 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 10.1 apg), and Dennis Schroder (15.9 ppg, 3.98 rpg, 4.5 apg).
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers enter this Western Conference matchup sporting a 21-16 record. That sees them rank 7th overall in the conference, which is a pretty risky spot to be in. On top of that, the Lakers’ 3-5 record in their last 8 games isn’t helping them out one bit. Fortunately they’ll be able to play at home tonight, so they should be able to give OKC a run for their money. However, with James still on the sideline nursing a groin injury, LA might be in for a rough night.
Players to Watch: LeBron James (27.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 7.1 apg), Kyle Kuzma (18.7 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Brandon Ingram (16.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.3 apg).
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting Predictions
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers Betting Picks
So which side should mobile betting fans take in Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers matchup? All in all the Thunder is your best bet here. They come in with plenty of momentum and should be able to pick off the LeBron-less Lakers. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!
Score Prediction: 118-110 OKC.